Publishing Date: March 5, 2019
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Science Fiction
Format: Audiobook & eBook
Goodreads Rating: 4.55
My Rating: 4.4
”It has always seemed to me that a coward is a person who cares more about what people say than about what is right. Bravery isn’t about what people call you, Spensa. It is about who you know yourself to be.”
Spensa’s world has been under attack for decades. Now pilots are the heroes of what’s left of the human race, and becoming one has always been Spensa’s dream. Since she was a little girl, she has imagined soaring skyward and proving her bravery. But her fate is intertwined with that of her father’s—a pilot himself who was killed years ago when he abruptly deserted his team, leaving Spensa the daughter of a coward, her chances of attending Flight School slim to none.
No one will let Spensa forget what her father did, yet fate works in mysterious ways. Flight school might be a long shot, but she is determined to fly. And an accidental discovery in a long-forgotten cavern might just provide her with a way to claim the stars.
The Beautiful Dream by George Ezra
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Brandon Sanderson’s world building does not let down! It takes some time to get fully invested but once you’re in, oh boy, YOU. ARE. IN. He always starts building from the most basic things up and I always feel like there’s more to the world that he initially introduces. He delivers ideas so well and makes it so prominent in the writing while still making it so seamlessly woven into the story. I love everything about the sky, the moon, the stars… so to find that the book took to featuring those as symbolisms made me giddy.
IT’S. SO. GOOD. I WANT TO SCREAM.
Branson Sanderson’s writing is one that will just suck you in, no matter what the plot is. You’ll never realize you’re even invested until something happens that will shake your gut. This is actual my first Young Adult book by Brandon Sanderson (I’m not sure if he has more YA books? as the previous books I read of his are considered New Adult… I think. Saying that, I really loved this book and I am overjoyed to know that his writing is able to translate beautifully to a genre that can reach a wider audience. Ones that can enjoy worlds that he writes entirely with that unique Sanderson touch.
A GREAT BOOK TO GET INTO SCI FI…
I think that if you are someone who has trouble with reading books in the Science Fiction genre, this is a very good book to start with or something to just ease you in. It has also the elements that you might find in a Sci Fi while still not being too heavy on the genre.
He paces his plots so well that everything just hits you when you least expect it AND I JUST REALLY WANNY CRY BECAUSE I AM SO INVESTED !!! Which is not a total surprise because I love Brandon Sanderson. He always, always, finds a way to make me bawl my eyes out but still be left so satisfied at the end of the book.
I’ve said this before but I’m going to say it again: I was still not able to guess Sanderson’s plot twists even with all of his foreshadowing. It’s the type that you won’t even dream of becoming a plot twist if that makes sense. There were scenes that left me so frustrated (in the good way) but everything wrapped up so well!! ❤ UGH. I JUST CANT.
THE FLIGHT TEAM…
The characters’ chemistry is so well written ((for me)) and their roles just made sense, I was so invested in their whole flight team ❤ I was crying and laughing in all the right parts, my heart racing and wrenching. They’re so entertaining while having the right depth and I loved seeing their character developments. They were also diverse which was a nice touch! I know that not a lot of readers were able to care so much for most of the side characters but I was invested in each of them based more on how they just made everything feel more real. Their attitudes and personalities was realistic and believable. I felt what Spensa felt towards them and that made me care for them.
Spensa can be intese, dark and I always find it amusing. It has been a while since I have loved a female MC in a fantasy and Spensa is one who deserves all the support I can give her. She may be one of those typical YA female main character that is an “outcast” and then “proves that she can earn her place” but Brandon Sanderson is still able to make it unique and entirely his own. I was cheering for her every step of the way.
SPACE BATTLESS!! YES!!…
The story got so much more interesting as the plot progressed. If you like exciting, intense, space battles… THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU. Sanderson did a good job writing the technicalities and even took the liberty to have drawings included to fully explain what he means when he describes certain pilot maneuvers.
It’s hilarious and entertaining in all the right parts white still gut punching you. All the battle space scenes was so exciting and so well written. The feeling is just like Mistborn but without the epic fantasy side. The space action is so detailed that I can imagine myself flying a Poco. The illustrations also largely helped me, as a reader, be able to imagine the ships much better, especially in relation to each other. My favourite thing in the “space academy” plot is that the readers are also learning, together with the students. I felt all of their failures and their successes.
“You get to choose who you are. Legacy, memories of the past, can serve us well. But we cannot let them define us. When heritage becomes a box instead of an inspiration, it has gone too far.”
As usual, Sanderson wrote a novel that I was not aware I wanted to read. I actually thought the whole plot was going to about how she gets into flight school or something but it wasn’t and was about her actually in flight school and everything else that comes with it. Which I really loved and found super addicting to read. Sanderson’s worlds are always so much more complex than the blurbs make it out to be and I am in for the ride.
Honestly, there is nothing I can say that can really express my feelings about BS books properly. It’s Brandon Sanderson… what else do I need to say?
FIRST INSTALLMENT IN THE “SKYWARD” SERIES